Watch: Baby elephant’s charge cuter than it is ferocious

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An adult bull elephant’s charge can strike terror into the targets of such behavior.

But when a baby elephant charges, it’s perhaps more amusing than it is harrowing.

The accompanying footage, captured recently at Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, shows a spirited elephant calf rushing a vehicle full of tourists. (The charge occurs at 20 seconds.)

“This little bull captured my heart,” Elephant Stories with Fiona, which shared the footage, wrote on Facebook. “He decided it was time to charge…. It’s hard to imagine this little elephant growing up to be 6 tons.”

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Viewers will note that while the elephant stops well short of the passing vehicle, its occupants are concerned enough to place their arms inside the open windows.

“He is just one of the reasons we all need to be involved and care for the preservation and support conservation efforts to help these incredible animals,” Elephant Stories with Fiona continued. “African or Asian, elephants are a keystone species and this planet needs them.”

The Samburu National Reserve is located alongside the Ewaso Ng’iro river, across from Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

–Image courtesy of Elephant Stories with Fiona